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tseeko

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  1. @Red: Thank you for your response. I removed the media due to his fin complications. There is a bio-filter inside the filtration system that I left in when the filter media was removed. I was going to purchase the test droplet system to check the levels in the tank but it's expensive in comparison to the test strips. His fins have gotten better since I removed the filter and began the Melafix treatments along with the constant water changes every few days. I reintroduced a new filter a week ago. I have read that you are supposed to change the carbon in the filter every 2-4 weeks but the filters that I purchase do not allow you do that without physically cutting into it. I have taken your recommendation into consideration regarding the filtration system and will look to get a different one within the upcoming weeks. Note: I want to make sure we are on the same understanding.. When I mentioned filter media I meant the filter cartridge that goes inside the filtration system.\ @tithra: I try to keep the aquarium at about 0.1% salt. Every time I did a water change I added one teaspoon per every gallon removed. Recently I have not added salt to the aquarium.
  2. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level - 0 ppm * Nitrite Level - 0 ppm * Nitrate level - 0-20 ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) - 7.0-7.5 pH * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) - 7.0-7.5 pH Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API 5 in 1 Aquarium Test Strips for Fresh and Saltwater Aquariums * Water temperature? 78 degrees F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 gallons. Approximately 2 years. * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Tetra Whisper i10-30 * How often do you change the water and how much? Every 3-4 days I remove and cycle 25%. * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 2 days, 25% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 1 common goldfish, approximately 3 inches * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Tetra Aquasafe Water Treatment, Aquarium Salt * What do you feed your fish and how often? Frozen peas, 4x per week. Omega One Fish Flakes, 3x per week. * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? I added Melafix a couple weeks ago. * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Salt is added religiously. I did Melafix treatment 2 weeks ago. Added the proper dosage per 10 gallons. Changed water 4 days later and retreated. * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? Frayed fins * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? No Good morning, afternoon and evening everyone! Recently I've experienced fin complications with my common goldfish. This August 2012 will be three years since I originally purchased him. Throughout the course of the three years I've ran into many difficulties. In January 2012 my red Oranda goldfish passed due to an internal infection that I was unaware of until it was too late in its stage. After the other red Oranda passed, the common goldfish began to develop fin issues a few weeks later. His fins began to slowly deteriorate. I took the next step to doing constant water changes every 2 days to see if this would stop and repair his fins. Long and behold it did absolutely nothing and his fins progressively were getting worse. I was battling bacteria growth inside the tank every few days (particularly brown algae and occasionally green algae). I took it upon myself to remove the filter media from the tank. Keep in mind the tank has no decorations inside of it except for a thin layer of gravel, which is siphoned every water change. When I removed the filter media I began to treat with the natural medication, Melafix. After a week I noticed a slight improvement in his fins, did another water change and retreated with another dose of Melafix. About two, possibly three, weeks have passed now and his tail fin, rear fins, swimmer fins, and dorsal fin have shown tremendous improvement. My biggest concern today is reintroducing the filter media again. I continuously run the Tetra Whisper i10-30 twenty four hours a day for water agitation. Would it be a problem if I did not replace the filter media and decided to leave it out of the tank permanently? The filter media has been out of the tank for over three weeks now and the goldfish continues to have normal behavior. To add in as well, the bacteria growth in the tank is very minimal over the past 3 weeks. Thank you for your help! Every bit of advice is taken into consideration and greatly appreciated. Seeko
  3. That's incredible! Never thought of doing that before. Thank you so much for your help. I will definitely look further into getting something like that once I upgrade to a larger tank!
  4. dnalex: Would you please show me where you ordered the pump from? Do you take the water from the faucet back to the tank? What do you do for treating the water?
  5. Ahh! A pond pump, never thought of that. Do you empty it into a huge container?
  6. You have gorgeous fish! You said that you change 85% of the water every 4 days. How do you manage to do that?
  7. Good morning everyone. I wanted to let everyone know that Bigg, the red oranda, passed away this morning. I took the necessary steps to repairing her fins by removing the volcano, increasing the water changes and making sure to add aquarium salt. I left for a few days over Thanksgiving and did approximately a 70% water change. I came back and discovered a wound near her bottom end. I'm unsure where it came from but I increased water changes and did my best to take care of her. She wasn't acting as lively either. Last night she seemed like she was getting better, coming to the edge of the water to receive food from me. I woke up this morning to discover her floating on her side around the tank. I loved this fish so much. I had her for a year and a half. I grew so attached to her. I miss her already.. R.I.P Bigg
  8. I found a "marine buffer".. Are those for salt water aquariums? http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2753900#prodTab1
  9. Stakos, I stopped at a pet store to find a pH buffer. I could only find one product and it was relatively expensive. Do you have any suggestions for a certain product I should use? Thank you!
  10. Thank you Stakos I'm going to start taking your advice and see what happens.
  11. You're amazing Stakos! The volcano does have an airstone inside it but I usually left it off because it seemed to make so much water splatter underneath the hood. When you say remove the gravel at a rate of 2 cups per water change, am I supposed to remove every last piece of gravel or leave a very thin layer? I barely keep enough in there right now to cover the bottom so it's not completely bare. After I'm done following all these procedures, should I reintroduce the gravel into the tank? I will definitely look into getting some pH adjuster. I believe I still have a few tablets left from another time. Thank you!
  12. Stakos: Thank you for your quick response! Yes. When I refer to "ordinary" goldfish I mean single fin. The ordinary goldfish has no red streaks and/or smudges on his body or fins. As I mentioned earlier he does develop little red dots around his mouth and head area occasionally. The red oranda has a couple red streaks in her fins in different areas but they are not throughout her fin. When I do water changes I take a sponge and wipe the sides and filter return lip to help eliminate the algae. I also lift the volcano up beforehand to get all food and debris out from underneath and inside. I use a siphon when I do the water changes and do my best to clean up the gravel as much as possible. I used to have 4 plastic plants inside the tank but I removed them because I felt that the red oranda, Bigg, was getting caught on them too often especially when the ordinary goldfish, Moomoo, would chase her through them during feeding. I did my best to record a video. You'll see more of Bigg's fin problem towards the :45 second mark. Thank you so much for your help! Video: p.s. I have dealt with goldfish for well over 3 years now so I do have some prior experience taking care of them. I do understand that the tank size can be a huge factor on their health and longevity. I'm not capable of getting a 50+ gallon fish tank at the current moment and doing water changes would be incredible.
  13. Test Results for the Following: * Ammonia Level - Not available. Do not have test strips. * Nitrite Level - 0 ppm * Nitrate level - 20 ppm * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) - ~7.0 pH * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines) - ~7.0 pH Other Required Info: * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops? API 5-in-1 Test Strips * Water temperature? 75-79 degrees F * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running? 20 gallons, 1.5 years * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)? Tetra Whisper 10-30i * How often do you change the water and how much? 1x weekly, 25-30% * How many days ago was the last water change and how much did you change? 4 days ago, 30% * How many fish in the tank and their size? 2 (1 red oranda, 1 ordinary goldfish). Approximately 2 inches. * What kind of water additives or conditioners? Aquarium Salt. Nitrate & Ammonia neutralizer * What do you feed your fish and how often? Frozen peas and/or Omega One Super Color Flakes. Fed once daily in the morning. * Any new fish added to the tank? No * Any medications added to the tank? Added Melafix * List entire medication/treatment history for fish and tank. Please include salt, Prazi, PP, etc and the approximate time and duration of treatment. Fungal treatment. Melafix. Pimafix. Aquarium Salt. Maracyn 1 & 2 (over 2 years ago) * Any unusual findings on the fish such as "grains of salt," bloody streaks, frayed fins or fungus? White spots on different areas of their fins. Frayed fins. * Any unusual behavior like staying at the bottom, not eating, etc.? No Hey everyone, This has been an ongoing battle for almost a year. I originally isolated the red oranda last year around Christmas time for 4 weeks in a 3 gallon fish tank doing a Melafix and salt treatment. Her fins began to repair so then I reintroduced her into the 20 gallon tank with the other goldfish. Progressively over the past 6 months her fins have slowly shown signs of deterioration and occasionally there will be white blotches on her fins. The dorsal fin used to be a perfect half moon shape but has gradually been eaten away in different areas. Her tail fins and swimmer fins are missing in certain areas and they almost look like someone "bit" them. There will be times where her fins do not show any sign of deterioration but they do not repair. The ordinary goldfish occasionally shows signs of fin fraying as well. His dorsal fin towards the front with the long stem is half gone (this happened approximately 1-2 months ago and has not regrown). His tail fin and back rear fins have tiny little areas were it looks like something took a bite out of them. It almost seems that his fins normally repair properly but the signs have shown up again recently. He also keeps getting little red dots near his mouth which disappear and come back every so often. I do a weekly water change of approximately 30%. I have a 5 gallon bucket dedicated to water treatments. I usually take a sponge and wipe the inside to eliminate algae growth on the filter return lip and throughout the tank. I have a volcano decor in the center that has a tremendous amount of algae on it that I just noticed this morning but it difficult to clean off due to its rough edges. I typically check the water with test strips at least once a week to make sure all levels are in check. I currently do not have ammonia test strips. Every time I do a water change I add a teaspoon of salt for every gallon of water I replace. Over the past couple days I've added Melafix to see if it would help with the fin regrowth. They are incredibly active and do not have problems eating. I feed them every morning around 7-7:30. I switch back and forth between frozen peas and goldfish flakes. Occasionally I will feed them a small piece of krill. This has been driving me insane for a while now and I want to do my best to take care of my fish. All advice and suggestions are greatly appreciated!! THANK YOU!
  14. Those goldfish are awesome! lol I would love it if my goldfish would let me do that!
  15. @caitie: Thank you! From nose to end of his tail approximately 2.5 inches. I established the 10 gallon on Saturday. I have a Aqua-Tech 5-15 gallon filter running 24 hours a day, so oxygen isn't a problem. In the 3 gallon tank I have a filter running 24 hours. The tank is a 3 gallon Marineland with a built-in filter. I have the water about a half inch from the return so it splashes into the tank. I'm not a newbie when it comes to fish. I've been a goldfish owner for about a year and a half now. I definitely have a really good understanding of what I'm doing! I did a test strip yesterday for the common and his water was perfect still. I was going to wait till Saturday to do a water change but I might do it this afternoon. I appreciate your help! @enesta: I completely agree with you about sticking to fancy goldfish. I have a black moor setup in another tank that my girlfriend currently has. I made the mistake a year and a half ago on my birthday to get goldfish without doing research before hand. I was listening to the fish guy at nooppee (a big no no because they have no idea what they're talking about). I originally had 5 goldfish (wow!) in a 1.5 gallon tank. They all started attacking one another, some got finrot and died, I upgraded to a 5 gallon 2 weeks later, but they died except the common and the black moor, which I separated the black moor from the other fish because he was getting chased and stressed out (I favored him the most so I didn't want to see anything happen to him). Once the common gets a little bigger I'm either going to have to consider getting a large tank for him or otherwise releasing him into a pond.. I'm having a hard time letting go of him because he became my buddy lol.
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